Centre for Air Power Studies - Evolving SEcurity landScapE: cEntral aSia’S tErroriSt
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Centre for Air Power Studies - Evolving SEcurity landScapE: cEntral aSia’S tErroriSt

15 September 2023


The ETIM itself had vociferously congratulated the Taliban when it came to power in Afghanistan, describing their rise to power as the result of a protracted and difficult battle and God’s major gift to Muslims around the world.⁸ In fact, China is worried that due to the Taliban’s failure to take any significant measures against the ETIM, the Tehreek-i-Taliban and Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) wil. [...] 13 September 2023 | PAGE - 2 Centre for Air Power Studies N e i g h b o u r h o o d I n s i g h t s S e r i e s | I S S U E B R I E F Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) There is growing agreement The IMU was originally formed in the early that the IMU was instrumental 1990s with the goal of establishing an Islamic state in the narcotics trafficking in Uzbekistan. [...] The IMU and its offshoot, the IJU, posed the likely that the drugs were greatest terrorist threat to the region during the first distributed to further channels 15 years of Central Asian independence.⁹ Between that could transport them 1999 and 2000, the IMU organised hostage-taking farther north and west... [...] These terrorist organisations used the ‘Af-Pak’ area as their base to plan 19 terrorist attacks in the CARs between 2008 and 2018, which resulted in the deaths of 138 individuals, primarily in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.¹⁷ Hizb ut-Tahrir Hizb ut-Tahrir is a more moderate and political Islamic organisation. [...] Concurrently, the escalating influence of religion on diverse social and political aspects in Central Asia has accentuated the significance of religious factors in shaping the rationales and contexts behind the escalation of political extremism.

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